As a kid Brandon’s home was dysfunctional, filled with substance abuse and criminal activity.
“Being exposed to so much negativity in my home life, it was really difficult for me to try and focus and set goals in school.”
In Grade 9 he found mentorship, guidance and direction at a United Way supported after-school program and went on to became the first person in his family to graduate high school.
Today Brandon, 21, is mentoring other kids in his North End neighbourhood as an academic facilitator with? a United Way supported program.
“I’m trying to give that back to the kids. I’m trying to be a mentor and a role-model. It feels good to show kids that just five years ago I was where they were, and today with that mentorship I am where I am today.”
Brandon says all kids need love, support, and stability.
“That’s when true mentorship happens. From that we build that relationship where they can start trusting us and opening up, and with that relationship comes love and care and nurturing. It’s powerful.”
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